Will Sutton back to be a part of something special in Tempe

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CULVER CITY, Calif. -- Nobody would have faulted Arizona State defensive tackle Will Sutton had he opted to go pro after his redshirt junior season in 2012. A consensus All-American and the Pac-12 Pat Tillman Defensive Player of the Year, Sutton racked up 13 sacks and 23.5 tackles for loss last year, leading ESPN's Mel Kiper Jr. to list him as the No. 4 junior defensive tackle in the country.

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But, to the delight of Sun Devil Nation, Sutton opted to come back for one more go of it in Tempe in a decision that he didn't take lightly at all.

"The deciding factor was my grade from the NFL committee and also what I needed to get done here at ASU. I'm nine credits away from graduating, so I'll be done with school in December," Sutton said Friday at 2013 Pac-12 Football Media Day at Sony Pictures Studios.

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And hey, when you like it where you are as much as it sounds like No. 90 does, why not?

"I just love my teammates and love the coaching staff and the atmosphere around here so we just want to accomplish something that hasn't be done here before and I want to be a part of that," he said.

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Todd Graham, for one, is more than happy to have him back, calling him the best defensive lineman he has ever coached when Sutton initially announced his decision to return to school. Always helps to have a guy like that around when you're trying to chase down a conference and national championship.